Title of Post: Associate Energy & Environment Officer Vacancy Notice: 19/HCR/KGL/VN/024 Post Number UNOPS 16
Duty Station: Kigali Category and Level: LICA9 Closing date of application: 2019-05-28 Duration of assignment: Up to December 2019
Organizational Context

The Associate Energy & Environment Officer is a technical position based in Kigali.  The incumbent will report to the DeputyRepresentative (Operations) and will work closely with the energy &environment team in the Sub and Field Offices in Rwanda, the Energy and Environmentunit at the Regional Office and/ or within DPSM as well as with external stakeholdersin Rwanda.

The incumbent will draft the Energy and Environment Strategy for the operationand ensure that it is implemented and adjusted as required to ensure that allcamp based refugees in Rwanda have access to energy, the environmental impactin all the 6 refugee camps is reduced.  The incumbent will head the Energy &Environment unit and will manage the team and ensure that energy and environmentissues are mainstreamed within the UNHCR Rwanda operation and within internalguiding frameworks such as the COP, MYMPSS and the Comprehensive RefugeeResponse Framework (CRRF).


  • Energy programmesare designed according to outcomes of baseline assessment and feasibilitystudies and following the UNHCR Global Strategy for renewable Energy andEnvironmental sustainability.

  • Appropriatepartnerships are identified on energy and environment for the operation in thecamps.

  • Specific projectsare designed and piloted on energy for cooking, lighting and powering,including renewable energy, with a view towards enhancing self-reliance,education and protection.


  • Develop in collaboration with senior management and Technical Experts at the RegionalOfficer and/or HQ and roll out the UNHCR Rwanda Energy & Environmentstrategy based on needs assessment for infrastructure and domestic energy needsfor refugees and host communities; as well as plans on engagement of privateand public sectors which will reinforce the UNHCR energy & Environmentportfolio through efficient, sustainable and innovative activities that are inline with national energy policies, market realities and UNHCR global renewableenergy strategy;

  • Collect and analyze existing data and information concerning the status of theenvironment in the refugee hosting areas;

  • Identify environmental assets and threats related to the environmental and establish managements plans and SOPs to minimize environmental impacts;

  • Assess environmental conditions in the camps, and assess how and to what extent those situations are affected by the presence of refugees. Define key areas ofenvironmental concern (e.g. deforestation, land degradation, soil erosion,water conservation, biodiversity, wastes, etc.);

  • Liaise with technical sectors (shelter, sanitation, water, livelihoods, CBI, etc.)with a view to minimizing environmental impacts associated with their projects andactivities. Where necessary propose environmental projects to rehabilitateinitial environmental damage and generate a sense of responsibility amongrefugee populations;

  • Propose measures for reducing or arresting the impact of refugees on the environment;

  • Devise a strategy for monitoring the environmental impact of refugees and refugee activities;

  • Identify skill and knowledge gaps related to environmental issues among UNHCR and partners, including refugees and locals and address these through training andcapacity building;

  • Prepare a report and make recommendations which need to be followed up in the care-and-maintenancephase.

  • Develop andstrengthen partnerships with other agencies, donors, NGOs and private sector and engage in bilateral or multilateral fora to increase awareness of theenergy needs of refugees and encourage their inclusion in energy-relateddevelopment planning.

  • As needed, assistwith the identification, selection and management of technical  experts and prepare specifications, designsand terms of reference for the implementation of energy systems

  • Coordinate the assessmentof Energy & Environment pilot projects, and their potential for expansion with the 6 camps and host community areas.

  • Provide technicalsupport and guidance to the Field based Energy and Environment teams.

  • Identify suitablepartners and coordinate activities to promote suitable cooking options andenvironmental rehabilitation in the camps;

  • Oversee and coordinate energy activities conducted by implementing partners and contractorsin Rwanda;

  • Assist inconducting stakeholder consultations, including refugees, existing Partners,key government stakeholders.

  • Ensure implementation of adequate monitoring and evaluation system for renewable energy activities in consultation with concerned stakeholders, includingstandardisation of short frequent test intervals;

  • Stay informed ofall governmental/national electrical/renewable developments to assure legal and advantageous energy incentives are explored.

  • Ensure thatminimum best practices are met to ensure compliance with health and safety standards across all camps in the implementation of energy efficient technologies.

  • Perform other r duties as required.





    • Provideguidance and recommendations on Energy/Environment programmes in thecountry.

    • Represent UNHCR in Energy/Environment meetings as well as intechnical monitoring of activities.

Minimum Qualification

  • Education:Master’s Degree or equivalent in energy and environmental studies or otherrelated fields. University degree with specialized experience on energy insimilar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree InternationalRelations or related fields required.

  • JobExperience:  At least 5 years of relevantprofessional experience in the energy sector and in project administration

  • Suitabilityto undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level

  • Ableto perform work independently in own field of specialization, equipped withknowledge and experience of multiple disciplines

  • Excellentoral and written communication skills in English

  • Internationalexperience working in development in several countries

  • Fluencyin English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or locallanguage.

  • Analytical

  • Innovative and Creative

  • Efficient and effective planner and organizer

  • Team player

  • Able to manage stakeholders

  • Flexible.

      Desirable Qualification and Competencies

        • Applied knowledge in UNHCR programme management, projectformulation, programme cycles and reporting standards.

        • Previous exposure to cluster approach,preferably both at the global policy level and at field level.

        • Expertise in planning, formulation,implementation, monitoring and reporting on humanitarian operations.

        • Knowledge of additional UN languages

      Operational Context

      Shortlisted candidates may be required to sitfor a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applicationswill be accepted.

      UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomesapplications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, genderidentity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic andnational origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

      UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of therecruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training orany other fees). Should you be asked for a fee or a benefit at any stage ofthis process, please report your concern to UNHCR’s Investigation Service (inspector@unhcr.org).

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